By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11
For the first time since the 2012-13 season, the Somerville boy’s ice hockey team is heading back to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state tournament, thanks to a 7-1 win last night over Everett on the opening day of the Mulloy Tournament.
With their six-goal win last night, the Highlanders improve to 8-6-5 overall to clinch the program’s first winning season since posting a 10-7-4 mark during the 2012-13 season.
Reaching the postseason has been a goal for third-year coach Kevin Wilson, who knew his team had a chance to clinch a playoff berth following an impressive 5-2 win last week over Hamilton-Wenham, which was highlighted by senior Chris DeSousa‘s 100th varsity point.
“They are all hard workers and have been busting their butts all week and all year long,” said Wilson when discussing his team’s desire to achieve its preseason goal of reaching the postseason this winter.
“This was a goal we all wanted,” he added.
Wilson came close to guiding the Highlanders to a postseason appearance last winter, but the Highlanders struggled down the stretch and finished five points shy of the 20-point mark, which would have secured them a spot in the MIAA D2 North Tournament.
One year later, Wilson and his crew are headed to the postseason, thanks to some impressive performances over the past few weeks.
Somerville is scheduled to compete against Essex Tech on Wednesday, February 20th in the Mulloy Tournament Championship – the game will be held at Allied Veterans Rink in Everett at 7 p.m. – before beginning hopefully a lengthy postseason journey next week.
Similar to Somerville, Essex Tech also secured a spot in the postseason last night with a 3-0 win over Northeast, which was highlighted by Chris Masta‘s 100th career point (two goals, one assist) in a Hawks uniform.
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